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  • Veronica Bona
    What drew me to this line of work was the ability to assist individuals experiencing life’s challenges and support those in need with their emotional and mental wellbeing....
  • Pam Danson
    I have been so lucky to witness and be inspired by truly gifted teachers demonstrating models which are not only magical but incredibly transparent and made me feel – this is do-able. Initially I was invited to a group by a friend and felt like I'd come home. Over time it has become my vocation that sustains, intrigues and fascinates me. It provided and provides me with tools and attitudes that nurtures a way to be in a crazy and beautiful world. Via my peer, client and mentoring relationships, I am continually in awe of the...
  • Nicole Jackson
    Counselling was a late career change for me after getting married and having a family. I have always found people interesting and had a natural curiosity to find out what makes them tick. With my life experience, my empathy for people's well-being and this natural curiosity I have, counselling just seemed the right fit for me. I have not looked back!...
  • Rebecca Anderson
    I want to help people to understand why they feel and behave the way they do. When people understand *why* they do something, they have the awareness and power to change things and move from just surviving, to thriving. ...
  • Marie Carmody
    I build instant rapport with people and have always been a ‘listener’. I am passionate about helping people to find their true potential and build a more cohesive sense of self....
  • Lana Lubimoff
    I am interested in a variety of psychiatric and therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, dynamically orientated psychotherapy, couple and family therapy. ...
  • Michelle Lam
    I grew up in a family dedicated to assisting others through the provision of medical and health services to the community so it is hardly surprising that I developed a strong interest in helping others from an early age. In spite of this, I ended up working in the investment banking and finance industry specialising in mergers and acquisitions. After ten years of working in "the industry" I realised that something was missing and I wanted my life to be different. So I took what was for me a very brave step - I started my personal...
  • George Turnure
    I have always been curious about human behaviour, what makes people the way they are, the things they do. I have always been interested in ‘others’ experiences, what they liked/disliked, why they did something; e.g., why go to all the effort of writing a film or a piece of music. Where they intending to express something specific or did it just come out automatically (or both). I would ask questions, listen and try to see the world from their point of view. This was a way for me to have another experience myself....
  • Philipa Thornton
    Having worked for many years to become a licensed psychologist my values inspire me to be of service to others in a meaningful way. It's important to keep growing and learning.. This leads me to the helping field and specializing in trauma processing using EMDR, Tapping, and Parts Therapy Resource Therapy. ...
  • Jim Filshie
    A combination of things have led me here: my deep interest in engaging with and getting to know others, my increasing understanding of how the world and society impacts positively and adversely on people, my fascination with the words and work of those who have understood that truly helping people doesn't mean telling them what to do or even gently nudging them in certain directions, but in giving them the conditions that will help them to chart their own course. ...
  • Carolyn Choy
    I've always been interested in listening to different people's life stories: how they've endured and overcome challenging times, as well as what drives them, what is their passion, what is it that they love about their life. My initial field of IT was a job; it didn't fuel my soul. I'm so grateful to have taken this other path which enables me to offer all of my experience (life and training) to others. I am enriched in return by each client I work with....
  • Anugrah Bhagwat
    I find the internal worlds' of people beautiful and fascinating and so since I was a teenager I was always curious to learn and understand as much as I could about human behaviour. I just knew in my heart what I wanted to be! ...
  • Ron Dowd
    I feel it has chosen me. Although I worked for many years as a software engineer, I was reading Jung in my 20s and was fascinated, though I didn't understand much of it. I guess I was on the common "hero's journey" path, working in I.T. but also starting to make art. At a certain point I made a serious decision to study art and undertook my MA (Hons) thesis in landscape and imaginal thinking. It was this study that opened up the world of Gestalt to me, particularly its ideas of figure / ground. It was odd how my art works...
  • Sharn Waldron
    I initially trained as an archaeologist but after having young children I discovered counselling and psychotherapy and after having some therapy which changed the direction of my life I went on to train as psychotherapist....
  • Anna Petinsky
    Psychotherapy is what my heart always knew it wanted to do. From the moment I read my first psychology book, I knew this is my passion. No specific event led me here, just an innate curiosity for mental health....
  • Michele Stewart
    Difficult childhood experiences and getting 'lost' emotionally in my late teens/ twenties lead to a thirst for understanding what it means to be fully human. Training as a therapist seemed the route that offered to deepen a knowledge of myself and to assist others to embark on a journey inwards as well....
  • Mark McMahon
    I have always been very interested in the range of emotions that we experience as humans (as well as thoughts), and which drive our behaviour. I have been a listener and observer all of my life, and find that fits well with the values of trust, empathy and compassion when you are validating the lived experience of a person’s life. I like working with an individuals, or groups, where there is potential for actualisation, integration and greater wellbeing....
  • Stefan Durlach
    For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in how life works, its meaning and purpose, the why’s and how’s of existence. Philosophy, psychology, and spirituality deal with these issues, and psychotherapy integrates them all and applies them to actual lives. Connected with this is a passion for following the oracle at Delphi’s dictum of ‘know thyself’, a fascination with reaching my human potential through an exploration of my internal world, which would enable me to offer this process to other people. I am very...
  • Ash Rehn
    I've always been interested in people and their stories. I think our identity – who we ‘are’ – isn’t produced privately and individually but through interaction with others. We need the acknowledgement of others to know ourselves. And having a listener or audience to our life stories can transport us to new places of understanding. So that gives my work purpose and meaning. I commenced my career as a counsellor and social worker because I wanted to do something worthwhile in my life that meant I would be connecting with...
  • Sarah Bergman
    I have always been interested in talking with and getting to know people. I am very curious about myself and others. What makes us unhappy and happy? How do our relationships with ourselves and others affect us? From a young teenager I decided that I would work in the field of Social Work and have done so since the mid 1990's. Previously I have worked for RAPT an organisation in conjunction with The Department of Family Services with at risk youth; The Smith Family as an Edu-cate officer working with families; Community Corrections...
  • Carolyn Spillett
    My childhood experiences and my curiosity about human interactions formed the basis of my decision to become a counsellor/psychotherapist....
  • Michelle Morris
    From a young age I have been very interested in people and fascinated by people’s stories. I remember when I was around 10 years old being very moved by the film The Three Faces of Eve, about a woman with disociative identity disorder, and from that time being drawn to this vocation. I deeply believe in the healing capacity of therapeutic work and offering what I can to help catalyse the self-healing process. In addition, I went through a couple of periods of feeling very distressed, stuck, and through working with a therapist...
  • Michele Watson
    I believe in people's potential and knew I wanted to help people. I studied psychology at university and then went looking for something more meaningful to me and that's when I enrolled in the transpersonal counselling diploma. I started working with a psychotherapist and through my relationship with her and looking at my dreams I learnt about Jung, dreams and the process of Individuation....
  • Judith Krause
    It is rewarding for me to walk along side clients as they learn about self and explore strategies to assist change....
  • Matt Dale
    As a Psychologist I am driven by the desire to help individuals navigate their way through complex human challenges. I chose psychology as a profession because of my passion to learn more about the impact of human emotions, listen and guide others with the insights I have gained over the last twenty years. But most importantly, I chose psychology because I wanted to help people to make real, practical and applicable change in their everyday lives....
  • Ajay Hawkes
    After many years of personal development work and a passion for mindfulness practice, I chose to find a way of making these practices central to my work. To work at something I love. I find this very satisfying, purposeful and fulfilling....
  • Karen Druce
    My family of origin experiences growing up formed the bedrock of my desire to understand individual differences, personal temperament, human suffering and resilience, in the face of life’s storms and relational challenges. ...
  • Jacquie Flecknoe-Brown
    I was always interested in communication, and the more experienced I became in my profession, the deeper I wanted to explore the therapy modalities. I worked for some time in an acute psychiatric ward where I learned family therapy (Milan school) and realised that even in psychosis, every act and statement was symbolic and had a meaning for the person, and even if it was difficult to decipher, with persistence one could understand the message the person was trying to communicate. This lead me to the master analyst of symbolic...
  • Brenda Rowlandson
    My own experience of psychotherapy when I found myself in a crisis situation. I became more and more intrigued as I explored my unconscious process, my dreams and 'what lies beneath' and how my life-long patterns of relating were played out (and repaired) both in life and in the therapeutic relationship. It never occurred to me that I could enter this profession, until it was suggested to me as a possibility, which I embraced with gusto!...
  • Karen Anderson
    I grew up in a family as one of four children and my younger sister was severely intellectually disabled. I know this to have been a powerful influence upon me at many levels. I was very attuned to the emotional nuances in many of the people around me. Later as a teacher working with the first Vietnamese and Kampuchean refugees here in Western Australia I knew I had the compassion to be with and support them however I realised fairly quickly that I needed to learn more about the experience of psychological trauma in order to be of...
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